Apple is providing 114 schools nationwide with an iPad for each student, a MacBook for each teacher, and an Apple TV for each classroom. The effort should help bolster their position in the education market and, potentially, build a generation of students who grew up using iOS as their primary computing platform.
One of the biggest problems with adding technology to the classroom, though, is that districts tend to purchase devices without any plan for integrating into the curriculum. Teachers are told that they must include technology in their lesson plans in order to justify the cost of equipment, but aren’t given any guidance or training on how to do so. Apple is attempting to fix this issue by sending an employee to each of their chosen schools for 17 days each year for teacher trainings and lesson plan mentoring.